Japanese Movies (Wellington)

(For information about free movie screenings in Auckland/Hamilton, please visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland's website.)

Admission is free! Movies are screened free of charge at the Japan Information & Cultural Centre on the last Tuesday and Thursday of each month at 6pm. The dates and titles may change due to unforeseen circumstances so please check back to confirm there have been no changes.

A short video (Japan Video Topics) will be shown from 5.45pm before the feature film begins at 6pm. Admission is free of charge and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Embassy and elevator access will be available from 5.30pm.

 

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Monthly Movies
Japan Information and Cultural Centre

5:45pm Tuesday, 27th January 2015
5:45pm Thursday, 29th January 2015

GANTZ

(Released 2011, Japanese with English subtitles)

Running Time: 130mins. Rating: R16. Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
Director: Shinsuke Sato. Cast: Kazunari Minomiya ('Arashi'), Kenichi Matsuyama


Director Shinsuke Sato, who is well known as a Japanese film director, screen writer and video game designer, brings Hiroya Oku’s popular sci-fi manga ‘Gantz’ to life on the big screen, fusing live-action footage featuring explosions and physical stunts with top quality visual effects. Two childhood friends are struck and killed by a train when attempting to save the life of a stranger. However, they are then transported to a room containing a mysterious sphere called "Gantz". They become part of a brutal game of survival when Gantz sends them back to earth with other recently deceased people to hunt down and kill aliens hiding there.


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Screening at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Level 18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.

 

5:45pm Tuesday, 24th February 2015
5:45pm Thursday, 26th February 2015

RUROUNI KENSHIN

(Released 2012, Japanese with English subtitles)

Running Time: 134mins. Rating: R13. Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Keishi Otomo. Cast: Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Yosuke Eguchi

A live-action adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s sword-action manga that has sold a total of over 57 million copies and has been translated into 23 languages. It is also known in some countries as ‘Samurai X’. Director Keishi Otomo made his mark with this extremely popular film and went on to be in charge of the sequel. In the 11th year of the Meiji Period (1878), the legendary assassin Kenshin Himura vows to abandon his merciless killings and use his masterful swordsmanship to help and protect those in need. He meets a young kendo instructor, who invites him to stay at her dojo. However, Kenshin discovers that escaping from his violent past is not so easy.


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Screening at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Level 18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.

 

5:45pm Thursday, 26 March
5:45pm Tuesday, 31 March

BREAD OF HAPPINESS

(Released: 2012, Japanese with English subtitles) Running Time: 114mins.  Rating: PG.  Genre: Human Drama
Director: Yukiko Mishima.  Cast: Tomoyo Harada, Yo Oizumi

A heart-warming drama about a couple who run a bakery-restaurant in the picturesque location of Lake Toya in Hokkaido. Sang and Rie’s passion for food and the breath-taking scenery ensure even customers experiencing significant personal problems leave with a smile on their face. Director and screen-writer Yukiko Mishima brings a strong message of the importance of caring for others to this movie.

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Screening at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Level 18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.

 

 

 

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